Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: A Taste of Japan in Hanamaruken

Susan didn't want to join in on the photo :(

The Gang is out for more! To fill us up before watching Mr. Peabody & Shermen (cute by the way, most especially for me, who loves history), we are out for a hunt on something that will satisfy our palates. We've already eaten in almost every restaurant in Trinoma but it's a really good thing that new restaurants pop out once in a while, most especially the good ones. We chose Hanamaruken. You could find this place in the circle outside. Even if we have a limited time to eat, we still enjoyed this mouth watering place. I'll say this is the best ramen place I've eaten in so far. It actually exceeded the ramen shop we ate in in Shinjuku, Japan. I don't know maybe our tour guide didn't bring us to a better place. It's really great that we could enjoy a really good ramen shop here in the Philippines. Anyhow, to the FOOD!!!

Review: Get Tied to Thaipan

Look how cute dad is with his present :)
Finally! After so long of not being able to update my foodtrip section, due to schoolwork bombardment, I've finally managed to give myself time to do so. A lot of these post are long over due. I think some of them happened last year. Anyway, this time the Gang is not complete. Men is out of the country during this time (Sad, he didn't take us with him *sniff*) so we ate out with my family, with the addition of Susan, my cousin. We're here to celebrate dad's birthday and it's a really really rare occurrence for the family to be complete because of my sisters' works. We could say that this is a really special event.

After eating and enjoying Romulo's Cafe, I've been really dying to try out their other restaurants so I dragged my family to eat in Thaipan in Thomas Morato. I saw this one when we were having a joy ride because the restaurant we were going to was still closed. Basically, the restaurant serves Thai food, which we could obviously figure out based on the name. I don't really eat that much thai food. I think you could count the times I've eaten in one in one hand so I really don't have any idea what to order. Susan and I did some research before we went there. We've consulted other blogs regarding the best dishes.

Other than not knowing what to order, the ordering itself is a struggle. I CAN'T READ OR PRONOUNCE THAI WORDS. There in the roman alphabet, obviously, but the words..... uuhhh...... so hard. Thai is one of the languages that I'm not really familiar with. The only thai exposure I had was watching A Crazy Little Thing Called Love, starring Mario Maurer (He's such a cutey pie <3), which we watched in mute (There is a seriously long story there that I will not dwell on) so no help there. Anyway, lets talk Food!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tour + Giveaway: Taking Angels by C.S. Yelle

Taking Angels by C.S. Yelle
(The Angel Crusades #1)
Publication date: March 26th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Book 1 in The Angel Crusades Series by CS Yelle

Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.

When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn’t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.

As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister’s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.

Title: Taking Angels
Author: C.S. Yelle
Series: The Angel Crusades series book 1
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural (Angels)

I really like how this book started off. All the drama, it was just great. So dark. I'll say, not your typical start off in a story. The story mainly revolves around Allister's trial, the escaping and stuff. I think the whole plot was fine. I actually like it because the author manages to places almost all my favorite elements, like the kidnapping, near death experience, etc.

However, the story went a bit bumpy after that. At first, the author manages to convey the scenes and events but by the end, it jumps from one thing to the other. The book didn't really manage to explain some stuff that I hope would be explained in the next book (w/c I didn't really know about until I finished this book). Also, I hope there would be more action.

The really down side of this book is the romance. It's a complete and total harem. Everybody is falling in love with the girl without anything really happening. I mean if she shows kindness maybe but they haven't been together that long to actually see that. I get the "she pulls people to her" but seriously? 3 dramatic boys, you could say.

All in all, I think this is a great book. It's pretty exciting for my taste.

Rating: 3.5/5

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review: The Faerie Guardian by Creepy Hallow

Title: The Faerie Guardian
Author: Rachel Morgan
Series: Creepy Hallow series book 1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (Faeries)

A faerie girl.
A human boy.
A magical world.
A dangerous plot.

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out of it alive.

Overall feelings towards this book is "Fine". I didn't expect the book to be this short. I managed to finish it within a few hours. I was expecting more adventures around the faerie world. Also, it was a bit rushed, like it's not even a series but a single book only. You could say that I was a bit disappointed with what was happening but it was bearable. My real problem is the first half but the second half was kind of nice and exciting.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tour + Review: The Midnight Spell by Kody Boye and Rhiannon Frater

The Midnight Spell by Kody Boye and Rhiannon Frater
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts aflutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

I'm really shock by how good this book is. Most of the time, I don't really like single books; I prefer series to prolong the fun. However, I think the authors did quite well with this book. They managed to cover all grounds. Though, a bit of unanswered questions here and there but it's great for a single book to cover all grounds.

The really endearing thing about this book is that you are going to follow the friendship of Adam and Christy, not the relationship like in most books. Both of them are just so cute together. You could really see the bond between them that they don't just drop each other because of new friends or relationships. Other than that, I really love that Adam is gay because not much books does that. I think homosexual characters are cute and has more character in them. Also, it's pretty neat that the authors used that as part of the main story line, like the bullying, problems, etc. that gays are experiencing.

The problem that I have with this book is the short time for Christy to be witchy. I want more witch moments. However, other than that I think this book is pretty great. I'm so envious with both of their parents because they are just so adorable. -^.^-

This is something great if you want to do some short reading.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blitz + Giveaway: An Aria in Venice by KaSonndra Leigh

An Aria in Venice by KaSonndra Leigh
(A Musical Interlude #1.5)
Publication date: April 22nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

**This novel is a standalone with no cliffhanger.**

His goal…One night with the ballerina.
Her goal…To beat the player at his game.
The outcome…Something completely unexpected.

Adriana Dostov pegged Luca Martuccio from day one: gorgeous, talented, arrogant, a man who has had difficulty committing to one woman in the past. He is known in fashion circles as the player with a scandalous history. So when the girls in her ballet troupe suggest she gives up her virginity to him, she doesn’t say no. But she’s not sure that a ‘yes’ is the right answer either. Yet, she can’t stop herself from making the offer…a one night stand in Venice.

Luca wanted fiesty little Adriana the moment they first met – and he fully intends to have her, hence why he’s agreed to accept her proposal. In the end, he’ll get what he wants. No commitment. All sex.

But, as Luca discovers, there’s more to the ballerina with the overbearing mother – and he can’t help but care about the frightened girl behind those sad eyes.

Adriana discovers Luca isn’t just walking sex on a stick – he has a wildly passionate side, a lost soul who has suffered just as much grief as her. And it could be, they’re exactly what the other one needs.


An Aria in Venice by KaSonndra Leigh Excerpt

You must not eyeball another man.
Repeat after me.
You must not eyeball another man.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blitz + Giveaway: When Lightning Strikes by Sedona Venez

When Lightning Strikes by Sedona Venez
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Credence Curse Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance - due to graphic language and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+.

The steamy sequel to BREAKING THE STORM by Sedona Venez.

He’s flawed like a MF, but I want him.

Ryker Alfero
Wolf-Shifter. Tattooed. Dangerous. Off-limits. Everything I crave — and everything I shouldn’t want.

“I would love to see what else your dirty little mouth can do.” With those little words, my body shivered as a surge of energy zipped into my body, unlocking something I didn’t understand. My brain started functioning with a clarity I hadn’t experienced in years. No warring emotions, just calmness.

This shouldn’t be happening, especially not with him. God. This was going to be a rough damn ride.

“I’ll do my best to break you in slowly, submissive,” he hissed, his voice dripping with raw sex.

Is total submission inevitable?

“When I get you under me, it’s going to be slow, hard, and memorable.” ~ Ryker

I have other plans.

“Go find yourself a woman stupid enough to settle for less than you're willing to give. Whose heart you can break without giving a sh*t. This woman is off limits.” ~ Lightning

***WARNING: When Lightning Strikes is an Paranormal Romance intended for mature audiences. Recommended Reading Age 18+***

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When Lightning Strikes by Sedona Venez Excerpt

Excerpt: When Lightning Strikes by Sedona Venez

Release Date: April 15th 2014

My body shivered with unease as I scooted back into my chair. My unease heightened when my body instantly went on high alert like a cornered animal. I watched with narrowed eyes as the door slammed open. Storm and Knox burst in, followed by four men. My unease increased tenfold when my eyes were drawn to the only man on Earth who simultaneously made my sex clench with lust and stomach roll with hatred—Ryker Alfero.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Fruit of Misfortune by Nely Cab

Fruit of Misfortune by Nely Cab
(Creatura #2)
Publication date: May 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Isis and her boyfriend, David, are on the brink of a horrible transformation and they are eager to stop it. Together, they set out on a quest to Greece to find Isis’ biological father—the only person that may be able to help them. Their journey comes to an abrupt stop before it even begins when Isis falls ill, and Eros, David’s best friend, arrives in Athens, unannounced and curious…with a plan of his own.

The hunt for her father leads Isis on the turbulent path of deceit, death, and demons as she anticipates the dawning of the beast that stirs inside her.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas

Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series book 2
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural (Faeries)

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! >.< I love this book! It's really really better than the first one. I'm not saying that the first book is bad. This is just better. Way beyond my expectations. I can't stop thinking about it!

In the novellas, you could see that Sarah is trying to find an even footing, even in the first book, but now she managed to have a firm grasp of what she wanted. Sorry, for the shift from foot to hands. She managed to do it discreetly that it's not a bogus addition of events and materials. The book contains a lot of mysteries and action that you just can't stop. More and more things are unfolding and we could now truly see the world Sarah made for us.

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series book 1
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural (Faeries)

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


After reading all the 4 novellas, I just can't wait to get my hands on this book. I mean I want to see the new Celaene. I think the plot was great. I'm actually shocked that the author immediately imputed the magic factor. In the novellas, there were no trace of magic yet so I was thinking maybe it would come later. Still, no harm done. The progression was really great. It started off simple and mellow but by the end, you just can't stop reading. The last fight was totally great.

Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Twice Tempted
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince series book 2
Genre: Urban fantasy (Vampires, Ghosts, Ghouls), Romance

Dating the Prince of Darkness has its challenges...

Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.

Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity...

Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.


I think I dragged my review for this too long. I'm trying to catch up on my review so sorry if I miss other details or if the review is too short 

This is a really interesting and great read. I seriously regretted it that I didn't immediately read it and I just let it rot in my shelf for a few months. It's really great that Vlad got his own book. This gives us Vlad-fans something to squeal about. I love how Jeaniene make near death experiences that makes everything oh-so-great. Cat made an appearance in the book but there are no signs of Bones, which is really sad.

Review: The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

Title: The Fall of Five
Author: Pittacus Lore
Series: I am Number Four series book 4
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Sci-Fi

After their close call with the Mogadorians, the Gardes, John, Six, Marina, Eight, Nine & Ella, are staying in Nine's penthouse in Chicago. Finding a spot to hide in and having a little peace doesn't mean that fighting for Earth is on a standstill, as well. The Gardes need to plan there next move in fighting the Mogadorians. A group of alien kids could not take out a whole army that easily, even if most of them have super powers. However, now, running is not simply an option anymore. The Gardes plans to fight back, hard. 

To do this, they need to improve on their Legacies and work together to bring down their enemies and save the Earth. With the message from Five calling them and being reunited with their friends, maybe, they have a fighting chance after all. However, not everything is black and white in their world. 

Darn! I can't get over this book. The revelations! I'm going to have a heart attack. I need the next book!!!!!!!!

Though the story was pretty neat and interesting, I only gave it a 4 because not much happened. Other than the revelations in the last few pages of the book, I think the biggest thing that happened is with Adam, which is not even a part of this book. You could say I was a bit disappointed because most of what happened is all about relationship build-ups, Sarah & John (irritatingly), Six & Sam, Marina & Eight(FYI, these are pretty obvious so it is not spoiling). I just hoped they could have done something more in this book than just wait around.